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  • An interactive dialogue on the current state of democracy

Geneva, Switzerland, 15 September, Palais des Nations, Room XII, 2-4 pm
Organized with the State Chancellery of Geneva and the United Nations Office at Geneva

The special guests will provide their unique perspectives on the current state of democracy in the world, on challenges facing our societies today and innovative ways to rejuvenate democracy and ensure human rights and dignity for all.

Speakers are Izzah Anwar (Malaysia), Member of Parliament and human rights activist; Joachim Son-Forget (France), Member of the National Assembly, La République En Marche; and John Githongo (Kenya), journalist and leading figure in the fight against corruption.

This event will be the start of Geneva Democracy Week (15-23 September).

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Watch the Facebook Live videos (part 1 and part 2).

  • In defence of democracy: The 20th anniversary of IPU’s Universal Declaration on Democracy

New York, USA, 15 September, United Nations, Conference Room 12, 1:15-2:45 pm

This panel discussion will highlight IPU’s Universal Declaration on Democracy as an international standard to guide governments, parliaments and citizens through today’s many challenges to democracy around the world. It will explore the tension within various relativist notions of democracy while discussing concrete ways to support democracy as a concept that all people everywhere can appropriate as theirs.

Speakers are Sven Spengemann, MP, House of Commons of Canada, Member of the IPU Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights; Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations; Nermeen Shaikh, Co-host and Producer, Democracy Now!; and Pennelope Beckles, Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations.